Downstream Recreational Area

The Oahe Downstream Recreation Area, located below the Oahe Dam, is an excellent choice for camping at Lake Oahe. There are three campgrounds providing over 200 sites with electric hook-up, modern comfort stations with showers, an RV dump station as you exit, and many activities for the members of your group to choose from. Tents and RVs are welcome and so are leashed pets. Make camping reservations here. The friendly staff at the entrance gate can answer any questions you may have and also sell firewood bundles for your convenience. Maps and brochures are available at the entrance. Campgrounds 1 & 2 each has its own playground, and there is a larger community playground with a covered shelter for gatherings as well. A disc golf course is laid out throughout the grounds, plus there are volleyball nets, horseshoe pits, hiking and biking trails, and, of course, areas for swimming, fishing, and boating. The swim beach is an easy walk from Campgrounds 1 & 2 and has a roped off swimming area where boats are not permitted. There is no lifeguard on duty and pets are not allowed in the beach area. Picnic tables, pit toilets, and trash receptacles are readily available, and there is plenty of shade as well. While there is a long sandy beach along the lake shore, an even larger grassy area extends the length also. Overall, a very user-friendly space for picnics or tossing a Frisbee or football. Campgrounds 1 & 2 are adjacent to one another in the main park area, but Campground 3 is off by itself with its own access road. Many of the campsites in Campground 3 are directly on the water as are several small rental cabins with decks overlooking the lake. The covered shelter in Campground 3 looks newer and has four large fireplaces set up for cooking. You could easily host a big cookout in this facility. Campground 3 has modern comfort stations, a large playground, and horseshoe pits. Also available for rent is a group lodge which has private access and an excellent location. There was plenty of parking space for multiple vehicles, several picnic tables along the shore, a large deck overlooking the water, a volleyball court and a huge grassy area for outdoor recreation. A youth group, scouting club, or family reunion could be accommodated comfortably. If you like bird watching, there is a fantastic place to go nearby. The road is well maintained and one can drive out there, but we preferred to walk. The air cooled significantly as we walked out over the water, and the breeze increased so no bugs bothered us. We saw several water fowl and enjoyed the exercise tremendously. A privately owned restaurant, store, and marina are located within the SRA for convenience. There you can rent bikes and other items. They also rent cabins. There is a lot of outside seating with views of the lake. A short distance away are the shooting range, set up for rifles, shotguns and pistols, and the archery range. Pit toilets and trash receptacles are at both locations, along with a couple of picnic tables.